August 6, 2004 Having heard about his latest run-in with the law, all I can say is that Shea Stadium and the Mets seem to bring out suicidal tendencies in this ballplayer. So much for the 1998 "Roy Hobbs" image.
Guess he doesn't know that the age of Met players living the high life off the field and winning on it ended in 1986.
May 20, 2005 Remember his last game as a Met being against the Yankees. He won the game with a dribbler in front of the plate.
May 24, 2007 Always liked him as a player. Had that incredible start with the Yankees. At some point in the future people will look at the stats and wonder why a fourth outfielder who was hitting over .280 with some pop was released in the middle of the season. Don't know if he had awful judgment or was just constantly in the wrong place at the wrong time, but likely he can only blame himself for squandering his career. Went to Japan on a two-year deal and then that was it, barring any surprising comebacks. Looks like he burned too many bridges, however, to come back.
April 9, 2008 He didn't exactly set the world on fire in Japan. A lot of Americans have gone there and not done well ... playing over there is not as easy as lots of fans think it would be and if a "foreign player" does not produce in Japan they are not very patient with him ... it's sayonara
July 25, 2013 Shane Spencer is currently the third base/hitting coach for the indie-league Somerset (NJ) Patriots. In a little over a month he's made himself a reputation as somewhat of a hothead, being ejected three times for vociferously arguing calls. I saw a video of one of the rhubarbs, and it was positively Earl Weaver-esque. That, and the Pats fine play this year (they're 19 games over .500 at this writing) may presage an eventual return to organized baseball in a coaching or managerial role. Stay tuned.